(ˌsuːpəˈnækjʊləm) slang, obsolete


1. a highly regarded liquor, to be drunk to the very last drop


2. To the last drop, to the bottom.


Sham Latin, intended to mean upon the nail.

The concept of ‘supernaculum’ and ‘to the last drop’ is the inspiration for an upcoming exhibition and event, the first and last of its kind to be presented at Brooklyn Arts Hotel.

Supernaculum comes from ‘to drink upon the nail’, a phrase coined from a 16th century drinking game where players pour the remaining drops in their glass onto their nail. If there are more drops left in your cup than can fit on your nail, you have another drink. The meaning that has survived the longest, though rare, is the idea that if a beverage is of the highest quality, it must be drunk to the very last drop. We believe Brooklyn and its iconic legacy in Fitzroy and Melbourne is exactly that, one of the highest quality. And we are going to squeeze every last drop out of it.

This event is a collaboration with over 40 artists who have individually responded to the concept and building.


12pm - 5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Visual, audio, conceptual, installation, sculpture, media, film, animation, literature, design, craft, philosophy and activism.


6pm - 10pm, Friday and Saturday.


For all those who want to experience Brooklyn Arts Hotel in its finest and final form, join us for some wild evenings of passionate creativity and mad enthusiasm. In addition to the gallery works, come see a program of music, theatre, dance and performance.

Get in bed with poet, meet our resident guest who has overstayed his welcome but is too charming to kick out, witness site specific dance works choreographed across bathrooms and bedrooms, audio visual performances in a shower, be sung to in a sunroom, see hotel sheets transformed into canvases using salvaged ink.

Short performances in intervals over the evening will take you from room to room and artform to artform; think Happenings, think Fluxus, think 1960’s New York City.

We have limited tickets each evening to ensure an intimate experience.

DJs and selectors curated by Emelyne Khor (The Blend, PBS and Northside Records).

Garden bar with drinks and food.


The Brooklyn Arts Hotel in its current form has been operating for the last 12 years, but the building itself has been accommodation in various forms since 1901. In March, it will close its doors to the public. Known as a bit of an artist institution, its reputation is credit to the collective creative energy from people coming through its doors and investing in its ideas.


We acknowledge the location Brooklyn occupies in Fitzroy and on the land of the Wurundjeri people.

Fitzroy and Gertrude St have been integral to the Black Rights Movement in Australia. We are allies in the continuing fight.